2nd annual Shorebird Identification Workshop - Saturday April 28, 2007

The Cape Romain Bird Observatory is organizing a shorebird identification workshop on Saturday April 28, 2007.  If you are a birder who would like some pointers and practice at identifying difficult shorebirds, this outing is for you.

We will visit "drawn down" waterfowl impoundments near McClellanville, SC during the height of spring shorebird migration. Experts at shorebird identification will coach workshop participants as they peer through spotting scopes at a variety of shorebird species. We will have field guides and shorebird books at hand to assist people in the learning process.

For those participants interested in digiscoping, we will also be demonstrating this useful technique for photographing distant birds through a spotting scope.

Besides shorebirds, we expect the low water levels in certain waterfowl impoundments to attract White Pelicans and wading birds such as Wood Storks, egrets and herons. Workshop participants should also encounter land birds such as Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, spring Warblers, Bachman's Sparrows and Painted Buntings.

We will have 1.5 - 2 miles of easy walking around dirt roads and dikes.

We will be meeting in McClellanville at 9:00am in the parking area of the Wambaw Office of the Francis Marion National Forest.  This is located on North Pinckney street, near the intersection with US-17.
For a map of this location, Click Here

This workshop/outing is free of charge. To sign up or request more information, email or telephone 843-607-0105.

Some images taken during last year's workshop:
(click a thumbnail image below to see a larger version)

Female Ruff (Reeve) discovered at the Santee Coastal Reserve during CRBO's Shorebird Identification Workshop on 4-29-2006.

Solitary Sandpiper at Santee Coastal Reserve 4-29-2006.

Spotted Sandpiper at Santee Coastal Reserve 4-29-2006.

Shorebird species observed during last year's workshop: (18 species)

Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover (100s)
Black-necked Stilt (dozens)
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs (several 100s)
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper (dozens)
Dunlin (dozens)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper (dozens)
Least Sandpiper (hundreds)
RUFF (Reeve)
Short-billed Dowitcher (1000s)
Long-billed Dowitcher